Ja Won LEE
PhD Candidate University of California, Los Angeles
Ja Won Lee teaches courses on the art and material culture of Korea and China. Her research focuses on the exchange of material culture and the interaction between artists and collectors in East Asia. Her recently published essay “Pursuing Antiquity: Chinese Bronzes in Chaekgeori Screens,” appears in Chaekgeori: The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens (Seoul: Dahal Media, 2017). In it, she examines the growing appreciation for Chinese bronze vessels among Korean collectors and their depiction in ch’aekkŏri screens of the nineteenth century. Her current project centers on antiquarianism and transcultural movements in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Korea and China. Before joining the University of Hong Kong, she was a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Junior Fellow at the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, and lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Kangwon National University.